Love & Respect Others With Differing Viewpoints?

I know what you may be thinking.

If you’re a conservative, you’re thinking, “Fuck that.  They’re immoral, against god, partisan …”

If you’re a liberal, you’re thinking, “Okay, sure.  Jesus said turn the other cheek.  And if you don’t believe in Jesus, that’s okay.  Martin Luther King Jr., said we must strive to get along with one another.”

If you’re a religious zealot (fundamentalist anything), you’re thinking, “Fuck that.  They immoral, against god, partisan …”

If you’re a secularist, you’re thinking, “It depends.”

If you’re rich, and therefore have power because it’s been bought, you’re thinking, “Who is this bitch?  Someone get rid of her.”

If you’re a politician who believes that donor money is okay, then you’re thinking, “Who is this bitch?  Someone get rid of her.”

If you’re a corporation, you … well, you’re not a person, so who gives a shit what your CEO thinks.

. . . .

Giving voice to the many as opposed to the few is what our First Amendment bestows upon us.  Its purpose is egalitarian.  But over the many decades, conservatives and religious ascetics and zealots have tried to narrow the First Amendment so that it only applies to the few.  They believe that it actually means,

“The First Amendment means my religion is paramount and you had better believe what I believe.  If you don’t, I will bury you.  My life is more important than yours, so bow down in fear before me.  And I can say whatever the hell I want because your opinion doesn’t matter–unless it’s the same as mine.  Then Hallelujah, praise god, and let’s have a circle jerk.”

Okay, maybe not that last part of the sentence, but it’s point is the same.

Over the many centuries, and in the case of the United States of America, decades, the rich have tried to preserve a slave class.  A serfdom.  They have been stopped occasionally, but by and large, they have succeeded because we–all of us, not just those who aren’t well-off and comfortable–have been taught to believe that they are better than us because they have money.  Someone somewhere decided their bloodlines are superior, based solely on what a few people believed.

“This guy’s a king because … well, that guy said so.  Bow down.”

“This family name is better than mine because … well, they say so.  Bow down.”

It’s all because those so-called ‘royal’ bloodlines or family dynasties came from money.  I’m sure you can think of a few names.  Windsor.  Tudor.  Vanderbilt.  Kennedy.  Dupont.  Rockefeller.  Morgan.  The list is long, but it pales in comparison to the list of names that belong to everyone else.  The 99.9%.

We live in a hierarchical Patriarchy.  This requires an unequal system and can’t thrive without it.  Children, regardless of age, are relegated to childhood and disrespect every time their parent, no matter the age, walks in the room.  Maturity does not guarantee mutual respect and equality.  A father at 80, sees his son, at 60, as his little boy.  His son hasn’t ‘earned’ his maturity because he’s still ‘lower’ on the totem pole than the ‘father’.  This hierarchy gets passed down, and so the behavior and belief get passed down.  It ensures, and insures, inequality.

Patriarchy also places males above females. This invites criminality and aberrant behavior.

Without lop-sided belief systems, men and women are a reflection of the animal kingdom.  They are equal in the eyes of nature.  They have their roles, their strengths and weaknesses, and they balance each other.  Bring in belief, and that balance suffers.  Nature will try to regain that balance, but if the belief system countermands it, then the whole suffers.

Patriarchy also places one class above another.  See above about the rich.  This societal structure doesn’t come into play, directly, when one lives in a caste system.  That sort of system is different than class in that you can have the same economical status, but your caste system says that those who prepare the dead for burial are lower caste than those who clean the streets.  They make the same amount of money.  They provide needed service to the community.  But some asshole somewhere decided that funeral services were beneath them and convinced others to treat them with open hostility—until you need those funerary services, then you have to soil yourself to use them.

There are people around us, bless their hearts, who believe in an egalitarian point of view.  Laudable.  Everyone’s viewpoint or belief system is no less important than another’s.  They tell us that we have to consider everyone’s point of view.  Consider your friend’s.  Consider the stranger’s.  Consider your enemy’s.  “Be open to another view.”

Okay.  Let’s do that.

Now we’re all respecting of each other’s opinions.

No.  We’re not.

Those of the conservative and/or religious/classist viewpoint not only do not see everyone as equal, they refuse to do so.  Their belief system prevents it.

And let’s get down to brass tacks here.  If you are a conservative.  If you are a fundamentalist.  If you are rich.  Then here is what we who are not have seen from you:

You see a poor person as a blight on society, and as someone who doesn’t deserve help, and you are not only willing to walk past as they lie bleeding in the street, you are adamant about it.  You are willing to create laws that discriminate against them.  You create laws that force a cop to shoot them for being something you despise: different than you.  Skin color.  Eye color.  Eye shape.  Belief system.  Bank account.  If they aren’t on the same level as you, based solely on the numbers on a page, you want them out of sight.

Clean my house.  Clean my street.  Make my water run clean.  Make my car.  Make my clothes.  Grow my food.  Tell me my health is perfect.  Fix it if it isn’t.  You know they’re there, just out of sight.  Your eye will not go there.  You can’t stand to look there.  You know they’re suffering .  And you don’t care.



So, ladies and gents.  Those of you who say we must respect and allow everyone’s viewpoints …

Should we really allow those whose viewpoints would willingly see others suffer to be in charge?  To be respected?

I’m sorry.  But egalitarianism, like democracy, should only go so far.


A Veterans’ Day Question to All Current and Future Politicians

A Veterans’ Day Question to All Congressional, Senatorial, and Presidential Incumbents and Current or Future Candidates:

Apart from the Progressive candidates who refuse to take high-dollar donor money and don’t have conflict-oriented finances, the rest of you have a hand in the military industrial complex. You have either financial stakes in their stocks or have received repeated high-dollar donations from those companies and corporations who are involved, directly or by proxy, with the Pentagon and the Armed Services, or both.

If one of you went to a civilian company and said, “Design this for me to use in a war game.” And you paid them $100,000 for it, you would get a top-notch, top-drawer result.

Our military doesn’t make their own clothing and equipment. It’s outsourced, just like every many quality jobs in this country. It’s done that way because you refuse to pay a living wage and supply them with health and financial benefits. I say again, for the benefit of the American workforce: You outsource because you refuse to pay us a living wage and quality benefits. You want it all on the cheap, exploiting foreign workers.

The same is done to our military through sub-contracting. You will pay them a high amount of our taxes. But for what? Crap. You don’t reward our soldiers, airmen, marines, sailors, and guardsmen with high quality clothing, equipment, food, shelter, and healthcare, and you don’t do this because you don’t think they’re worth that much. You want them to fight in your pointless wars, but when they come home, the financial and medical care they receive is a pittance compared to the private rewards you give yourselves.

Senator John McCain is getting high-quality care for his brain tumor. The same cannot be said for the Specialist or Sergeant who returns home with either physical injuries, mental injuries, or both. High-ranking members of the military DO get top-notch care, but only because of their rank. You decide that. You reward only the ones who’ve achieved high rank. Everyone else is fodder.

You claim you care about our troops. Our military. But your records show that all you are interested in is in making money off their lives and corpses. What in the hell are you going to do or us Veterans? For the men and women who come home from those wars you greedily sign up for our fellow citizens to fight? For the men and women who currently and in the future serve on active duty and are equipped with the best tools WE can possibly give them? Everything from their boots, quality food, quality billets, quality equipment. All you care about it making money from the weapons they’re equipped with, while at the same time, those weapons are not the best they could get. You paid a handsome dollar to their maker. The person who uses them gets squat.

What are you going to do that will match that so-called support you incessantly spew at the public? What are you going to do that will match that useless and pointless and frankly, offensive, Armed Services salutes you selfishly pay the NFL for? What will you do in order to get our respect and be either elected or re-elected?

Before you answer, you are not allowed to spout off with some insufferable talking point about how brave our soldiers are and that you have always had the highest respect for them. If you do, I will suggest that your constituents elect someone else. If by chance you have rigged their voting system, by purging rolls or gerrymandering districts, then you deserve to be kicked out and someone with an actual plan will take your place.

I am sick and tired of this “fiscal responsibility” lie you and others have shelled out to the American public and toward our military service members and veterans. Our budget is 60% military spending and half of that is handed over in cash to war profiteers who hide behind civilian contracting company boardrooms while they electrocute our soldiers in sub-par housing. KBR, anyone?

Our military is not meant to be a cash cow nor is it meant to be privatized. But many of you make money off the backs of our military personnel and you inhibit, thwart, and contravene them with your outsourcing of their jobs to mercenary armies whose sole purpose is to plunder and pillage.

Exactly what the hell are you people good for if all your intended solutions are geared toward padding your bank accounts?

Either equip our military with expensive and top-notch clothing, equipment, and medical care, or get out and give your job to someone who gives an actual shit.

History Lesson: Las Vegas Wasn’t the Worst in US History

Las Vegas was not the worst mass killing in American history: A history lesson

Many have argued this week and in the past that events like the Colfax Massacre and Wounded Knee are seen as separate because, within American history, the deaths of Native Americans and African Americans have not been seen the same as the deaths of white people — and that failing to specify “modern” history while talking about events like Las Vegas only underscores that idea by implying that earlier shootings don’t count.

What the news outlets should have said was that this was the worst recorded massacre by a single individual.

Worst Massacres, with more than one shooter, non-war.  The reason isn’t given because it doesn’t matter; these murders were against the law:

May 31-June 1, 1921:  Greenwood Community, Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Coined The Tulsa Race Riot by White historians

Victims:   300 African-Americans

Shooter:  White Mob


December 29, 1890:  Pine Ridge Agency (reservation) at Wounded Knee Creek

Victims:  200+ Lakota Native Americans

Shooter:  US Cavalry


April 13, 1873, Easter Sunday:  Colfax, Louisiana.  The Colfax Massacre(Whites in 1950 renamed it the Colfax Riots in order to dismiss it)

Victims:  150 African Americans

Shooter:  White “Southern Democrats” (Democrats were modern-day Republicans and the switch came during the 60s Civil Rights Era in what has been coined “the Southern Strategy”)


November 29, 1864:  Sand Creek, Colorado (the Sand Creek Massacre)

Victims:  70-163 Cheyenne and Arapaho (dead and dying)

Shooter:  Colorado volunteers under the command of Col. John Chivington


May 15, 1850:  Clear Lake, Lake County, California.  The Bloody Island Massacre

Victims:  150-200 Pomo Native Americans

Shooter:  1st Dragoons Regiment of the U.S. Army, under the command of Lieutenants Nathaniel Lyon and J.W. Davison


(BTW, I’m White)


Do You Object to Athletes Sitting During the Anthem?

Exactly WTF are YOU doing during the playing of the anthem?

1. At home, sitting on your ass.
2. In the stands, talking, scratching your balls.
3. At the game, buying beer.
4. Driving. Why don’t you pull over and stand outside your car with your hand over your heart?
5. Shopping. Eating. Shitting.

Doing anything but standing with your hand over your heart listening to a song written by a pro-slavery racist sonofabitch.  Why isn’t the anthem played in its entirety? Because you’ll quickly see that it’s a pro-war, pro-slavery song.

Why don’t y’all stop whatever you’re doing every single time the anthem is playing, in every single game, at whatever arena they’re playing at?

Take a moment and ask why the goddamn anthem is being played at a sporting event. THIS is what’s known as indoctrination.

L Ron Hubbard and Donald J Trump are Personality Twins

I was listening to this psychologist who determined that Hubbard was a malignant narcissist, which is partially defined as a person who aggressively attacks someone who criticizes them or tells them what to do.

If you think about it, compare the two men, it’s like they share the same soul.

Hated and evaded the press.

Hated the government.

Considered the IRS the enemy.

Hated exercise.

Had libertarian ideas but was more extreme in individuality.

Vehemently racist.

He evaded taxes.

Had everyone investigated.

Made shit up and turned it into a philosophy that he sold to people.

He was Trump’s spiritual daddy.

American Terrorism

Truthdig’s Paul Street: The United States and the Crucifixion of Yemen

“I do not share other world citizens’ willingness to pardon ordinary Americans from responsibility for U.S. government crimes, both direct and indirect, around the world and in Yemen. The real story of what the U.S. is doing globally is readily available for those willing to look beyond “mainstream” sources and doctrine. Most Americans remain willfully ignorant of terrible transgressions regularly committed in their name by Uncle Sam and his allies and clients abroad.

“This ugly indifference extends even to many on the nominal left, including Bernie Sanders fans who gave unconditional support to Sanders even after he told a peace activist in Iowa City in 2015 that the Saudis “are going to have to get their hands dirty” in the U.S-led “war on [of] terror.”

““For Bernie and his supporters,” 2016 Green Party vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka wrote two years ago in an essay titled “The Yemen Tragedy and the Crisis of the American Left,” “the mischief that the Saudi government and private individuals have been engaged in across the region financing groups like [Islamic State] wasn’t dirty enough.”

“Neither, apparently, was Riyadh’s U.S.-equipped campaign to bomb Yemen back to the 19th century—a campaign that has turned Yemen into a shameful humanitarian disaster of epic proportions.””

He’s right.  We are guilty.  All of us.  We let this happen through our apathy and our willful ignorance.

You can’t continue to wear rose-colored glasses when viewing our own history (past and currently making) and still call yourself an American. We have to stop our government’s continuing campaign of terror on the world at large. WE are the terrorists who have spawned other terrorist groups in retaliation for what we’ve done.

We were all so shocked by 9/11.  We’re thinking, “Why did they do this to us? What did we do to deserve this?”

THIS:  We have ignored what our government has been doing for a few centuries, and with our access to information for the last 80 years, we have no excuse.  We’ve been willing to accept lies and misinformation, all because we’ve been spoon-fed “patriotism” by our leaders whose sole mission is to rob us blind while they yell “squirrel” and point to carefully selected blame games.

We can’t afford to ignore our government’s war crimes and war-mongering behavior anymore.  We can’t.  If we continue on this road, we’re complicit in all war crimes our military and intelligence agencies commit in our name.

“The United States has killed, maimed, displaced and otherwise harmed an astonishing number of people in its 241-year record of murder and mayhem—including more than 20 million killed in 37 nations since 1945.”

Here ya go, Presidents (except Jimmy Carter), Congress, FBI, CIA, NSA, etc. One more goddamn fucking word about Russian meddling and the American people should kick your duplicitous, corrupted, evil asses.  Woodrow Wilson invaded Russia during their revolution because he hated communism, and began a campaign of interventionism, calling the action White Russian.  This action was the source of the upcoming Cold War and our rivalry with Russia.  We interfered in their elections, and Americans have been ignorant of this fact thanks to the government being in charge of the making of our history books.

This blatantly racist bastard (he held a private viewing of the hideous White Supremacist film “Birth of a Nation” and personally re-activated the KKK) was responsible for the murder of civilians in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatamala, Honduras, and other nations, thanks to his interference in their democratically-elected governments.  Why did he do this?  His belief that we were superior and had the right.  We aren’t and we never did.

“Hiroshima (146,000 killed with a single bomb—what President Harry Truman called “the greatest thing in history”) and Nagasaki (80,000): The arch-criminal atom bombings were unnecessary and savagely carried out even though the U.S. high command knew Japan was defeated and ready to accept U.S. surrender terms.”

What you should know, fellow Americans, is that dropping bombs on Japan was NOT due to winning the war or trying to stop more bloodshed (choke on that stupidity for a sec). It was to send a clear message to *Moscow*. All our military commanders told Truman it was unnecessary but he ignored them. The fucker should have been hung for war crimes.

We have to put a stop to this terrorism by our government, ladies and gentlemen.  We have no right to interfere with other nations, never mind declaring non-wars on their peoples.  No right whatsoever.

Our Government Threatens Our Existence

Our own government is filled with corrupt bastards who jerk each other off as well as other nations’ corrupt bastards.  It seems to be their only aim, fueled by greed and a neurotic desire to control.

The only way to get rid of it all is to bring it all down and start over–and this time, learn from the past.  I’m not advocating any sort of violent coup.  I’m advocating that we try to root it out from within, not a baby/bathwater/antibiotic(kill healthy microbes/bacteria/tissue with the bad) approach.  In the meantime, they’ll bring it down for us.

While that’s being done, hunker down and prepare for disaster, assuming you live long enough to see it happen and survive the fallout.  These governments, like that of ancient Rome, will fall under the weight of their own corrupt flesh.  It’s inevitable and the corrupt leaders and the corporations who tell them what to do all *know* it and don’t care.  They’re taking whatever they can while they can and to hell with the rest of us.